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Post by Admin on Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:22 pm

A week later Mariah had received a text from Ibrahim requesting her presence at a specific address. She was to join Ray, Kiara and Caleb in tracking down a recently terminated employee of Mr. Fisk. Said employee had made off with some data on a new product that could 'embarrass' their new friend. Ibrahim immediately thought of the trio for the task and then felt having Mariah tag along would not only guarantee success but would show their benefactors just how wide reaching they were. Of course Ibrahim kept their benefactor information from Mariah for obvious reasons.

Ray was pacing not entirely sure he was liking having a 4th wheel tag along on their mission. Since them teaming up with Ibrahim life had been rather good! They had a bigger place, never really wanted for anything, and even Caleb was becoming more active. But this curveball made Ray a bit nervous. They had arrived at the alley to meet their new contact.

Caleb stuck in the car his head barely visible from the open window. "I'm not upset Caleb it's just..different. everything Ibrahim has asked us to do we've done, no problems. If we need back up on this one why just send one person?" Ray asked thinking of what game Ibrahim was playing at.

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Post by Admin on Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:29 pm

Mariah wasn't so sure about all of this, but knew she had to do it. She was upset and angry that her father had kept his relationship with her mother a secret and it had now led to this. However, despite all of that she felt she needed to protect him. The world still needed him, even if it meant risking her career...or her life.

James would have noticed a slight change in Mariah ever since her meeting with Ibrahim. She seemed moodier and more aloof, although one might attribute her mood with the recent loss of her baby. She continued to work with the Avengers, although she kept an eye on her phone for any messages from Ibrahim.

One day a message suddenly appeared. Mariah sighed and hesitated, but finally confirmed that she would go. She gave an excuse to James before slipping out of the apartment and heading to the specified address.

Kiara was standing next to Ray as they waited. Kiara and Ray had married a few weeks before in a quiet ceremony and she was extremely happy. The past year since working for Ibrahim had been great and their lifestyles had radically improved. Kiara was curious as to who this newbie might be. Suddenly a black car pulled up and Kiara was shocked when Mariah stepped from the driver's side.

"Holy shit."

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Post by VoltKimo on Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:56 pm

Ray just felt that nervousness grow more and more, now that they all had something in this life was loathe to do anything to jeopardize that. He had a loyal smoking hot wife that even if his eye were to stray it rarely strayed for long.Just her personality demanded attention and she had him completely. They had gotten Caleb settled in their new place, it had a nice balcony where he could sit and watch the sky and they had seen him smiling so much more.

But now there was a curveball thrown at them and Ray didnt like it one bit. When the car pulled up his face hardened and he was going to put whoever stepped out of in their damn place!

Until Mariah stepped out.."easy, we haven't done anything that she could pin us on." Ray said. Caleb's hairs tensed and he slunked back in the car prepping to pounce if Mariah posed a threat to his friends. "Hello there. What brings you?" Ray asked making his voice sound pleasant.

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Post by Admin on Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:23 pm

Mariah held her breath when she saw Ray and glancing in the car she saw Caleb's form. They had escaped from SHIELD HQ a little over a year ago along with Ibrahim and it was clear now that they were all working together. She didn't recognize the redhead, but she could only guess that she had been involved in their escape. It infuriated her to know that Ibrahim was forcing her to work with more people that she had been trying to track down. Oh how he must be loving this.

"I was given this address by Ibrahim and told to come here."

"You're working with Ibrahim?" Kiara asked in surprise.

"In a matter of speaking, yes."

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Post by VoltKimo on Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:45 pm

Ray was not happy with this. Sure he was happy with more eye candy but a Shield agent!? he pulled his phone out and immediately dialed up Ibrahim stepping to the side to voice his concern. Caleb heard Mariah mention Ibrahim and crept closer to the window. "She's on our side?" He asked looking to Kiara. His eyes peering out from behind the moving hair. After a few moments of Ray speaking with Ibrahim and Ibrahim calming Ray down promising to explain why they would benefit in the long run Ray returned.

"Alright so..awkwardness aside we have to play nice." Ray said his eyes glancing at Mariah. "I'm guessing Ibrahim gave you the synopsis on the guy we're going after?" He asked

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Post by Admin on Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:54 pm

Mariah was on edge and kept her arms crossed over her chest as she maintained some distance between them. She was angry and felt sick to her stomach at the thought of doing this, but she had to.

Kiara eyed Mariah and hoped Ray would remember that she was his wife. When Ray returned Mariah looked over at him.

"No, I don't know anything. All I was given was this address."

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Post by VoltKimo on Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:02 pm

Ray could see Kiara in the corner of his eye eyeing Mariah and knew he had to keep a handle on himself. If they were going to be working together he didn't want problems cropping up. He sighed when Mariah informed them that all she had was the address. He patiently gave the job description complete with the general description and his favorite haunts. "We're to secure the data the guy has. We haven't gotten it down where he lives or where he's keeping the information. We normally go with either, 'diplomacy'." Which was Kiara's part, he had figured the guy would be lonely making him an easy target.

"failing that dangling him off a roof would probably give us results." He said crossing his arms. "Nobody cares what happens to the guy so we have some wiggle room." Ray said looking to Kiara.

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Post by Admin on Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:16 pm

Now she was getting involved with Mr. Fisk? Mariah felt in over her head all of a sudden. Every person she was now dealing with was on SHIELD's radar and she was going to be helping them. However, she couldn't back out now. Ibrahim had a target painted on her and Steve's backs and she could just imagine the media frenzy that would ensure if what Ibrahim knew got out. And so she gritted her teeth and looked at the others.

"Alright, so let's go."

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Post by VoltKimo on Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:40 am

Ray wasn't sure how this would play out but they didnt have much of a choice in the matter. He turned and headed back to the car. "Alright, hop in. We have a place in mind to start looking. Caleb play nice." Ray said looking to his friend. Caleb scooted over making sure to withdraw his hair. Looking at Mariah filled him with worry, she seemed mean.

"We'll start at this one bar he used to frequent see if anyone has seen him lately and go from there." ray said starting up the car. "you can either ride with us or drive along, might be best if you just ride with us. Fewer cars less chance to stick out." Ray

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Post by Admin on Sun Dec 02, 2018 7:03 pm

Mariah would much rather just take her own car, but Ray did have a good point so she reluctantly walked over and got into the car. She glanced at Caleb, well what she could make out of him through his hair. She was used to being around mutants at this point, but something about his hair freaked her out a little.

Kiara was sitting in the front with her husband. She glanced back at Mariah and though she worked out quite a bit herself and knew she was good looking she felt less so next to the Avenger. Before Ray could put the car into drive she reached over and grabbed him and pulled him over to her and kissed him quite thoroughly. She wanted him to be thinking only of her with Mariah in the car. She finally pulled back and sat back in her seat.

"Well, let's go."

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Post by VoltKimo on Sun Dec 02, 2018 7:47 pm

Caleb kept as far back from Mariah as he could as she got in. He was an unsettling individual, his hair covered the vast majority of his body and they all seemed to move about independent. Sensing Kiara and Ray showing a moment he turned his attention back outside. if they weren't going to consider Mariah a threat then he wouldn't worry.

Ray was caught off guard by Kiara pretty much marking her territory. Yes Mariah was attractive and he had a thought that she could be distracting. Well until Kiara kissed him that thought was buried. Stunned he looked to Kiara when she said she was ready to go. "yeah..right." He said clearing his throat starting up the car.

The car ride was a little quiet as they made their way to the bar. The bar itself was a small place, tucked away in back corners. the kind of place you wouldn't really know existed unless you were part of the in crowd of trendiness. Pulling into a parking spot Ray looked to the clutter of stores spotting a green door with a set of numbers on it.

"A flight of stairs up and you'll find a small little bar, inhabited by a bunch of hipsters who think way too highly of themselves." Ray said having looking online for reviews. "They make their own brew..what do you think Caleb you're kind of place? Tie your hair back put you in some flannel you'd might fit in." Ray teased looking back at his friend.

Caleb leaned forward and looked to the somewhat busy street and felt anxiety build up. He liked a drink here and there but there was a lot of foot traffic. "n-no i'm ok Ray. Looks to c-cramped." He said feeling more nervous because of Mariah.

Ray gave a shrug and looked to Kiara, "So how bout it? you want to try your way first see if anyone's seen our guy?" He asked.

Inside their target was actually enjoying a drink. He had gotten himself transportation out of the state via train in three days. He felt it best not to rush as his enemies would expect him to be in a panic. He adjusted his glasses on his nose as he skimmed a few articles on his phone, the light illuminating his brown hair...

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Post by Admin on Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:07 pm

Mariah sighed and rolled her eyes at the PDA happening in the front of the car. From the look Kiara gave her over her shoulder she knew Kiara was feeling threatened. Mariah missed James in that moment. She wished she could be back at their apartment with him on the couch instead of here in this situation.

When they reached the bar Mariah sat quietly in the back. She didn't want to get too involved with them. She would assist (because she had to), but she was going to let the others do most of the work. Kiara looked over at Ray and nodded. "Yeah, I can go in and see if I can spot him."

The redhead got out of the car and headed up to the bar. Almost as soon as she walked in she had one guy starting to hit on her and wanting to buy her a drink. It was an esteem booster after Mariah. As she was turning down the guy her eyes scanned the room and she soon spotted their guy. After confirming it was him she walked back out to the car.

"Yeah, he's in there. He's sitting on the far left hand side of the room by himself. He's on his phone and seems relaxed."

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Post by VoltKimo on Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:26 pm

Ray kept his phone out and was checking on his messages when he looked at his rear view mirror. Caleb was still curled up his eyes glancing towards Mariah every so often. HIs hair withdrawing closer and closer. Ray didnt get most of his friends mutation but knew it reacted quicker than most people could think. He didnt want any incidents, "So not too bad a gig here, if Kiara finds our guy we get the information from him and you can report back to Ibrahim. Everyone's happy." he said driving it home to Caleb that this was Ibrahim's idea.

Caleb tried to relax but Mariah just kept him on edge. Every part of him was screaming danger when he looked at her. But he wasn't going to go against Ibrahim and certainly not Ray. Ray looked back to Mariah about to strike up some conversation when Kiara returned. Oh god dont think anythings going on he thought hoping his new wife wouldn't get any thoughts. "Alright then. Think you could convince him to take you to his place or should we just wait out here and nab him?" Ray asked looking to Kiara.

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Post by Admin on Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:50 pm

Mariah could sense Caleb's uneasiness and it put her on edge. She tried to force herself to relax, but it was nearly impossible. She shouldn't be here and she didn't want to be here. The anger she felt towards Steve rose up inside of her again and she had to force herself to relax a little. She needed to remain alert and focused. Even though she was an Avenger, she was outnumbered and in a confined space and if they decided to turn on her it could be bad if she wasn't alert.

Mariah watched as Kiara returned and secretly she hoped that the target wasn't in there. However, her hope was dashed when Kiara confirmed that he was indeed in the bar. She remained silent and looked out the window. Kiara was about to respond to Ray, but she glanced back at Mariah and noticed how silent she was.

"What do you think Mariah? You are the Avenger after all."

Mariah clenched her teeth a little, but forced herself to respond.

"Getting him to take her back to his place is risky and could let him know that people are on to him. We should wait until he leaves the bar. There appears to be only one way in and out."

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Post by VoltKimo on Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:04 pm

Ray could feel the tension from the back so he was glad to hear Mariah talk. Hearing her plan out he felt they would ahve an easier time tailing the guy back to his place. "that does make sense." ray said looking to Kiara. And it would keep his new wife out of harms way. "We'll just wait here for him to come out and follow him then. There wasn't a time limit on this one in any case." Ray said.

Caleb wasn't too thrilled with waiting with Mariah around but what could he do. Ray stretched a bit thinking of how long their target could stay inside. "Alright so it's a stakeout then. Get comfortable who knows how long he'll be in there for." Ray said brushing his hair. He looked up at Kiara knowing he needed to pay attention to her, seemed like she was going to take any shot at Mariah. "How did it go inside anyway? Anyone give you any trouble?"

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Mariah resisted the urge to pull out her cellphone and text James. She wouldn't have told him truth, even though she wanted to, but she just wanted to talk to him. However, she figured that wouldn't go over well with this group so her phone remained in her pocket. She didn't really feel like making small talk so she just looked out the window.

Kiara glanced back at Mariah again. She was looking for anything to call her out on, but she was just sitting back there quietly doing nothing so she had nothing. She still didn't understand why Ibrahim made them bring her along, or why he was even working with Mariah. Wasn't she the one who shot him and was trying to hunt him down to arrest him? Thankfully, Ray spoke up and asked her how it went for her inside and she gave a little shrug.

"It went fine. Of course some guy started hitting on me and wanting to buy me a drink the moment I walked in," she said, trying not to grin, but to pretend she didn't care (even though she knew Ray would).

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Post by VoltKimo on Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:12 pm

Ray looked to Kiara when she mentioned some guy trying to buy her a drink. He wasn't going to let it bother him as they had other problems to take care of. He knew it was a self esteem booster for Kiara and that she wouldn't try anything. Still kind of irked him a little. A couple hours passed and eventually their target emerged from the bar stumbling a little bit. "oh thank christ there he is." Ray said. He reached back and shook Caleb awake who had drifted off some time ago.

Ray straightened up stretching his legs a bit. "Alright so we follow him back to his place then and just jump him." He said rubbing his eyes.

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Mariah spent the next few hours in silence. She didn't speak to anyone in the car and just kept a watch out on the door. She wanted to just get this over with and it was taking longer than she had hoped. Finally, she spotted their target and she watched him closely as he stumbled out of the front door.

"I think Mariah should be the one to jump him," Kiara said glancing back at her slightly with a little grin tugging at the corner of her lips. Mariah's gaze narrowed slightly at Kiara, but she didn't let her get under her skin. She had expected this and had come prepared for such a situation. The rest of these guys worked anonymously, but Mariah was well known and had become the new face of the Avengers. She would be easily recognized. She reached into her bag and pulled out a black ski mask. She slipped it on and as she did Kiara's grin slowly faded.

"Fine, I can do it," Mariah said looking back at Kiara.

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Post by VoltKimo on Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:14 pm

Ray looked back to Mariah as she agreed to do it and felt Kiara was feeling threatened by the new dynamic. Course he wasn't going to say anything on the matter as he didnt want her to get upset with him. Following their target back to the apartment complex Ray chose a parking spot near the back. The young man was already heading inside his steps a bit swayed obviously the drinks were taking a toll and he probably shouldn't have driven.

"Alright, go get em tiger." Ray said turning off the car. He figured he and Caleb would provide back up. It was still a job for Ibrahim and he intended it to go off without a problem. Caleb stretched a bit and steppd out of the car acting as a lookout. He looked to Mariah, "we're just looking for data, the egghead probably has a USB or something. If you need help holler." Ray said looking to Mariah. He meant to keep things professional but the tone was friendly and cooperative...

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Post by Admin on Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:43 pm

Mariah remained relaxed in the back of the car as they followed the target back to his apartment complex. They parked the car nearby and turned off the engine. Judging by how this guy was walking Mariah guessed he hadn't even noticed them following him. Thankfully, no one else appeared to be around. Mariah didn't even respond to Ray or Caleb. She just got out of the car. She followed the target quickly, and yet without being noticed. Right as he opened his apartment door she came up behind him and got an arm securely around him, pinning his arms back. She then put her other hand over his mouth in one quick motion to keep him from screaming. She executed the move like the well trained soldier she was. With Ray and Caleb behind her they got him into his apartment and closed the door behind him. Mariah stood at the door, still holding the target so Ray could speak to him.

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Post by VoltKimo on Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:33 pm

Ray casually walked into the partment seeing as Mariah had everything in hand. Caleb moved swiftly his hair closing the door shut as Mariah repositioned the scientist. Ray took a breath and looked about the apartment. "Alright, good evening." He said facing him. "Now you can guess as to why we're here and what we're looking for so i'll ask simply. Where is the data you stole?" Ray asked.

The scientist had attempted to free himself but there was no escaping Mariah's grip. His heart was racing as terror threatened to overwhelm him as Caleb walked through his apartment his hair picking up random things and dropping them. Ray watched Caleb, "listen he'll just keep doing that so save us some time and some of your more expensive things and just tell me." Ray said not really feeling like threatening.

The man's eyes flitted around the room resting on a laptop. Rays eyes followed and noticed the tech on the table. "well..i feel dumb. Caleb." Ray alerted his friend. He turned his a ttention to the scientist, "Count yourself lucky friend. we are to fetch the data, not our concern what happens to you frankly." Ray said. He looked to Mariah and motioned she could let him go. As he did so Caleb grabbed the laptop opened up the sliding glass door leading to the balcony and just climbed down imitating a spider.

"Mission accomplished, no blood shed guess we can go. Word to the wise for you friend. I don't know if anyone else is coming so..good luck." Ray said reaching for the door. He figured he'd stop Mariah in the hall seeing that Kiara and Caleb weren't in ear shot

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Mariah easily held the scientist even as he struggled to get free. This had been easy for her and she waited patiently as Ray questioned him. She could sense the scientist's terror and could feel his heart begin to race and him begin to sweat when he realized what was happening. From the corner of her eye, Mariah saw Caleb moving around the apartment looking for the flash drive. Much to her relief, the scientist indicated (whether he intended to or not) as to where data was located, which was on a laptop that was sitting on the kitchen table. Mariah waited until Caleb had grabbed the laptop and was gone before she loosened her grip on the scientist. However, she didn't let him go until Ray stepped out of the apartment. She then let him go and slipped out herself.

She began to walk down the hallway, but felt Ray grab her arm to stop her. She turned and looked at him questioningly.

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Post by VoltKimo on Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:37 pm

Ray lifted his hands up in a peaceful gesture when Mariah looked at him. "No ill intent here. Just wanted to say thanks for not getting up in Kiara's face earlier. Love the girl but she doesn't like competition." he said knowing she was marking her territory. He looked the way they came making sure hte scientist wasn't following. "I know you weren't wanting to get involved in all this and frankly you wouldn't be my first choice to come along. But things are the way they are and..well if we have to work together i'd rather we work as a team." he said extending a hand to shake

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Mariah was still wearing the ski mask. She knew that at any moment someone could come by and see her there. She didn't want any word of what she was doing to get back to SHIELD. She had worked too damn hard to get where she was now and she wasn't going to allow Ibrahim to take that from her. She looked at Ray and listened to him as he spoke. When he told her that he'd like to work together as a team and extended his hand, Mariah hesitated. She still had every intent of tracking them all down when this was all said and done and arresting them. However, showing a little goodwill now might make things easier for her during this process. Perhaps he would help protect her identity and keep her secret. And so she slipped her hand into his and gave it a quick shake.

"We should go. My husband will be wondering where I am."

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Post by VoltKimo on Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:58 pm

OH Ray knew Mariah would arrest them if given the chance. He wasn't an idiot and assumed Ibrahim must have something major on her. Didn't mean he wanted to antagonize her. He flashed a bright smile when she shook his hand and he shook it in earnest. When Mariah mentioned a husband that peaked his interest. Before she was attractive but now she was attractive and unavailable..

"Right. We'll drop you off back at your car, we'll take the package to Ibrahim. DOnt want to keep the lucky guy waiting." He said heading down the stairs. Caleb had gotten in the car soem time ago and it was obvious Ray and Mariah were taking their time. He didnt say anything to Kiara hoping she wouldn't be upset..

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